It’s obvious the Oregon Ducks football team is going to look much different in 2017 than it did in 2016.
Mostly that’s because of Willie Taggart taking over for Mark Helfrich, but also because there’s a lot of attrition in the receiving corps which will pave the way for new contributors.
ESPN’s David Lombardi put together a list of 10 Pac-12 breakout players for 2017, which included Ducks tight end Jacob Breeland:
Oregon loses five of its top six receivers from 2016, so expect new names to emerge here. Breeland contributed six catches for 123 yards as a redshirt freshman. His 6-foot-5, 240-pound frame should be a good target for quarterback Justin Herbert.
The rising sophomore was called Oregon’s most-improved player last season thanks to not only his catching abilities but also his blocks.
Look for Breeland to become a much larger part of the offense in 2017.